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Guilin Landscape Peaks

December 4th, 2016

Guilin Landscape Peaks

Guilin is flat enough to cycle around and then these magnificent limestone peaks rise up in front of you. A cruise down the river, from Guilin to Yangshuo, passes through some of China's most magnificent scenery.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Guilin Limestone Peaks.

Limestone Peaks

Nature has spent 70 million years perfecting the sculptures around this part of the Li River; revealing a landscape that is truly awesome.

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Mount Cook, New Zealand

December 4th, 2016

Mount Cook, New Zealand

Located in the centre of New Zealand's South Island, Mount Cook (Aoraki) is New Zealand's highest peak. For many, an image of New Zealand might include the snow-capped mountain of Mt Cook, or sheep. And they wouldn't be far wrong.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

New Zealand Mt Cook.

Mt Cook

One might have to be really lucky to be presented with a picture of both in the same frame though.

While hitch-hiking through the Mackenzie region, I couldn't believe the scene in front of me when our car was held up by sheep on the road to Mt Cook.

The once in a lifetime view just cried out to be framed.

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Suzhou Canals, China

December 4th, 2016

Suzhou Canals, China

Located about 100km west of Shanghai, Suzhou is famous for its canals, bridges and classical gardens; collectively an UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the Yangtze River Delta to the north-east and surrounded by lakes, it's not surprising Suzhou is often called 'Venice of the East'.

Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Suzhou Canals.

Suzhou

There's even a Grand Canal running through Suzhou, north to south, connecting Beijing with Hangzhou.

While many tourists might choose the easy option and take a boat tour on the Weichang River, it's easy enough to walk around on foot and discover the quiet backwaters of this 2,500 year-old city; founded in 514 BC as Helu, in the Kingdom of Wu.

An old Chinese proverb says, 'In heaven there is paradise, on earth there are Hangzhou and Suzhou'.

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Mount Aso, Japan

December 4th, 2016

Mount Aso, Japan

Located in Aso Kuju National Park, near Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu, Mount Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan, and is among the largest in the world.

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Mount Aso.

Mount Aso

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Holy Cow

December 4th, 2016

Holy Cow

The cow is sacred in India; and woe betide the driver who doesn't swerve into a field to avoid them. Cows are not penned into fields here, and in the smaller towns and villages they wander wherever they like.

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Holy Cow.

Jaisalmer

It is even said that some people in India might like to come back as a cow in the next life. Now there's a thought.

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Forbidden City, Beijing

December 4th, 2016

Forbidden City, Beijing

The Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), in Beijing, was home to fourteen emperors of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and ten emperors of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).

Listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1987, the Palace Museum is located in the centre of Beijing, on the northern side of Tiananmen Square.

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Forbidden City, Beijing.

Beijing

Probably photographed by every tourist visiting the Chinese capital, but few will get down on their hands and knees to find an angle like this; then wait for people walking through the frame to create a balance.

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Moscow Kremlin in Winter

December 4th, 2016

Moscow Kremlin in Winter

Outside the Russian Kremlin in Moscow. It is a sunny day in late winter. There is no longer snow on the ground but it is still very cold and spring feels a long way off.

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Moscow Kremlin in Winter.

Moscow


The lack of foliage on the trees allows us to see through to the golden onions of the Russian Kremlin Churches - the Assumption and Annunciation Cathedrals (left) and Archangel's Cathedral (centre).

The Ivan the Great Bell Tower - said to mark the exact centre of Moscow - is the tall golden dome on the right.

In Russia, the word Kremlin implies a medieval, inner-city fortress. In earlier times it would have probably meant a fortified town, or town surrounded by a wall.

There are therefore a number of kremlins in Russia; although when we talk about The Kremlin, we usually mean where the workings of power take place in the Russian capital, Moscow.

As well as being the official working residence of the Russian President, the Moscow Kremlin also houses Russia's main museum.

The outer red brick wall of the Moscow Kremlin was built at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries; replacing the earlier fire hazard, made of wood.

The tower on the left is The Secret (Tainitskaya) Tower and to the left of that is The Grand Kremlin Palace.

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Tourists in Budapest

December 4th, 2016

Tourists in Budapest

Technology has changed the way we do things as young tourists to Europe's capital cities no longer admire the sights but flip out an iPad to frame a quick selfie of themselves and share it online almost instantly; most likely with GPS information automatically geotagged to the image.

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Tourists in Budapest.

Budapest

These two girls were enjoying themselves up on Budapest's Fisherman's Bastian, but I doubt the Danube made it into the frame.

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Skiing in Aspen, Colorado

December 4th, 2016

Skiing in Aspen, Colorado

Skiing Ruthie's Run in Aspen, Colorado; one of the classic Downhill runs in North America. Aspen Mountain, known locally as Ajax, was founded in 1946; as the first ski area venture of the Aspen Skiing Company. Available as a framed print, this unique travel photograph was used on our 2017 Travel Photography Calendar.

Skiing in Aspen, Colorado.

Skiing in Aspen

Ruthie Humphries made the initial $5,000 donation that enabled Aspen to host the first major international alpine ski championship held in North America; the 1950 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships.

In 1987, on a warm, sunny spring day in the mountains of Colorado, Switzerland's Pirmin Zurbriggen (already the overall winner for the Ski World Cup series) made history in Aspen; by winning both the men's downhill and the giant slalom.

He was followed in second and third places by Swiss teammates Daniel Mahrer and Karl Alpiger.

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2016 Travel Photography Contest - Keeping Score

December 4th, 2016

2016 Travel Photography Contest - Keeping Score

As mentioned in the initial Travel Photographer of The Year 2016 blog post, we are holding a number of keyword subject contests over the coming year, with competing photographers earning points in each contest as they work towards a final score.

Scoring

Three points for an Editor's Choice award and a bonus point if an image was taken specifically for the contest and posted in the contest's discussion thread in the Top Travel Pics forum.

One (People's Choice) point may also be awarded to one or more images near the top of the Winners' leaderboard (with at least five votes) when public voting is finished.

Special scoring to be announced for the final rounds, to keep things interesting.

Travel Photography Contest Themes

Queen Elizabeth II Bridges Travel Photography Winter Travel Photography Landmarks Hotels and Accommodation Famous Lakes and Rivers Village Life Colourful Markets Landscapes Clifton Beach - Cape Town, South Africa St Petersburg, Russia Armenian Prayer Beads Brunei Mosque World War One Trench Cycling and Cyclists

Autumn Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Priscilla Burgers and Stacey Brooks.

People Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Peteris Vaivars and Karen Wiles.

Travel and Transportation Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to RicardMN Photography and Iryna Burkova.

Christmas Abroad Photography Contest: No Bonus Points awarded.

Bridges Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Jane Linders and Iryna Burkova.

Winter Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Irina Hays and Inge Riis McDonald.

Landmarks Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Inge Johnsson and Ivan Slosar.

Hotels and Accommodation: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Peg Donnellan and Nikolyn McDonald.

Famous Lakes and Rivers: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Carolyn Derstine and Karl Anderson.

Village Life: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Denise Mazzocco and Buddy Mays.

Markets: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Toni Abdnour and Steve Sturgill.

Landscape Travel Photography: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Bob Phillips and Janis Knight.

Beaches Around The World: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Michele Avanti and Cascade Colors.

Cities Around The World: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Carlos Amaro.

Travel Up Close: No Bonus Points awarded.

Religious Buildings Around The World: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Priscilla Burgers.

War Graves and Battlefields: 1 Bonus Point for Community Votes to Julia Gavin and Hugh Smith.

Cycling and Cyclists:
With only eighteen images left, after we removed the duds, just one photographer received premium points.
Terry Cooper LRPS was awarded 12 points for Piazza San Martino.

Round Nineteen

2016 Travel Photographer of The Year Contest
Click Image to Enter.

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Travel Photographer Leaderboard
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The Race is Hotting Up

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22 Points
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Nikolyn McDonald: Omaha, NE.
Autumn (3), People (3), Bridges (3), Landmarks (3), Hotels (3+1), Village Life (3), Markets (3).

Field Of Gold Pluie a Chartres Glen Canyon Dam Bridge The Nubble Old Taos Guesthouse Fishing Village, Nova Scotia Pike Place Market, Seattle

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16 Points
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Buddy Mays: Bend, OR.
Winter (3), Village Life (3+1), Markets (3), Beaches (3), Up Close (3).

Vineyard Near Sion Market Day in the Algarve, Portugal Mayan Indian woman on the shores of Lake Atitlan Tulum Beach Mending Fishing Nets in Piraeus

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14 Points
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Iryna Burkova: Alexandria, Virginia.
Transport (3+1), Christmas (3), Bridges (3+1), Winter (3).

Foggy Voyage Twas The Night Before Christmas Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in New Orleans Winter landscape in mountains with a deer

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12 Points
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Terry Cooper LRPS: Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Cycling (12 Premium Points)

Piazza San Martino, Lucca

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10 Points
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Bob Phillips: Georgetown, TX.
People (3), Landscape (3+1), Beaches (3).

Street Artist Valley of Monuments at Dawn Tautuku Bay, New Zealand

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9 Points
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Ian Gledhill: Khon Kaen, Thailand.
People (3), Landmarks (3), Markets (3).

Fun at the Opera Rain Storm Lake View Khon Kaen Market, North East Thailand

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8 Points
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Priscilla Burgers: Cottonwood, AZ.
Autumn (3+1), Religious Buildings (3+1).

Mabry Mill Mission San Jose

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7 Points
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Hugh Smith: Carlsbad, CA.
Village Life (3), Battlefields (3+1).

Los Pescadores de Popotla Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

Inge Johnsson: Frisco, TX.
Bridges (3), Landmarks (3+1).

Westminster Bridge at Night Taj Mahal In The Mist

Inge Riis McDonald: Nanaimo, Canada.
Transport (3), Winter (3+1).

Transportation in Victoria Frozen Peblinge Lake

Jane Linders: Maryland Heights, MO.
Bridges (3+1), Lakes & Rivers (3).

Forest Park Bridge Sunken USS Inaugural, Mississippi River

Karen Wiles: Hampstead, NC.
People (3+1), Markets (3).

San Blas Native Cana Vegetable Market, North Carolina

Toni Abdnour: Streator, IL.
Transport (3), Markets (3+1).

The Street Vendor Vietnamese Woman in Ho Chi Minh City

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6 Points
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Juli Scalzi: Denver, CO.
Christmas (3), Hotels (3).

Landon Spady: Portland, OR.
Christmas (3), Winter (3).

Loree Johnson: On The Road, USA.
Autumn (3), Bridges (3).

Ros Drinkwater: Carrickmacross, Ireland.
Up Close (3), Religious Buildings (3).

Steve Harrington: Bolton, Canada.
People (3), Transport (3).

Tony Murtagh: Bicester, United Kingdom.
People (3), Transport (3).

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14 Photographers are on 4 Points - and 98 Photographers have 3 Points.
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